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Director Fatih Akin Pulls 'The Cut' Starring Tahar Rahim From The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 9:42 AM
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Fatih Akin
In our Cannes Film Festival predictions, we were feeling pretty good about Fatih Akin's "The Cut" making the lineup. He's already a fave at the fest, winning the screenplay prize in 2007 for “The Edge of Heaven,” and just last year he was on the ground with his documentary “Polluting Paradise.” And it certainly seemed like everything was gearing up for his latest to bring him back to the south of France, but it seems there was a hiccup somewhere along the way.

'Point Break' Remake Casts Johnny Utah, Lily Collins Learns 'How To Be Single' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 25, 2014 9:39 AM
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Actress Lily Collins spent much of last year stuck in franchise panic, as planned heavyweight “The Mortal Instruments” weathered delays and production halts following the first installment’s poor critical and box office reception. Her long-term duty to Cassandra Clare’s series remains uncertain, but for now she’s signed on to another adaptation: “How To Be Single," based on Liz Tuccillo’s novel, written for the screen by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, and produced by Drew Barrymore.

Review: Asghar Farhadi's Mature, Complex & Impressive 'The Past' Starring Berenice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 5:30 PM
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The Past
When "The Past" opens, we see a couple communicating through a thick pane of glass at an airport. They can't hear each other, but through gestures and mouthed words, they can get the gist of what the other is saying, but between them is an immovable object that prevents a full understanding of what they mean to say. It's an apt visual metaphor with which "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's opens his latest film, a picture that finds four lives thrown into turmoil over hidden feelings, confused emotions and a dark secret that could change everything.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Asghar Farhadi's Powerful 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 1:30 PM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
Named this summer as one of our Best Films Of 2013...So Far, a Cannes winner for Best Actress (Berenice Bejo) along with an Ecumenical Jury prize for director Asghar Farhadi, it may have been a quiet for the past few months, but Sony Pictures Classics is finally starting to run with "The Past." And this first trailer gives you all you need to know as you add it your must-see list before the end of the year.

Review: Joachim LaFosse's 'Our Children' Starring Tahar Rahim

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 8:01 PM
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Some movies you don't exit, you escape. You crawl out from underneath them, they're so heavy and oppressive and immovably huge. "Our Children" is one such weighty mass. But instead of being a transformative, ultimately life-affirming experience, the way similarly bleak "Amour" and "Rust & Bone" are, "Our Children" is full of one-note grimness. Directed by Belgian film director Joachim LaFosse ("Nue Propriété," "Élève libre") there's nothing to be gained from the experience, and it is a grim drag in both content and form. By the time it reaches its semi-shocking conclusion, groans erupted from our audience and the squeaking of hastily exited chairs could be heard.

Exclusive: Tahar Rahim Isn't Ready To Move In Clip From Joachim Lafosse's 'Our Children'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 9:56 AM
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Ever since breaking out in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," Tahar Rahim has been actor many have been keeping an eye out. While he dabbled in Hollywood fare with a role in "The Eagle," he's mostly played to his strengths by sticking with foreign projects and this year alone, he featured in two films at Cannes: the nuclear romance "Grand Central" opposite Lea Seydoux, and Asghar Farhadi's critically acclaimed ensemble drama "The Past." And the actor has another movie coming, a picture that spent 2012 on the festival circuit hitting Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Zurich, Hamburg, New York, Göteborg, Seattle, São Paulo and more — Joachim Lafosse's "Our Children."

Cannes Review: ‘Grand Central’ Weaves A Lyrical Tale Of Love And Radiation Around Tahar Rahim & Lea Seydoux

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 19, 2013 1:30 PM
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GRAND CENTRAL BY REBECCA ZLOTOWSKI, Lea Seydoux, Tahar Rahim
Director Rebecca Zlotowski scored big in 2010 when her debut feature “Belle Epine” (aka “Dear Prudence”) won the Prix Louis Delluc for best first film, and snagged star Léa Seydoux a nomination for Most Promising Actress at the Césars. Three years on and Seydoux has certainly made good on that promise, with her profile rising ever higher -- in this year’s Cannes she’s one of a select number of actors to have two films in the Official Selection, one of them being her reteaming with Zlotowski on “Grand Central” with Kechiche’s ”Blue is the Warmest Color” in competition being the other.

Cannes Review: Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' A Mostly Powerful Look At The Messiness Of Stasis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2013 6:28 AM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
When "The Past" opens, we see a couple communicating through a thick pane of glass at an airport. They can't hear each other, but through gestures and mouthed words, they can get the gist of what the other is saying, but between them is an immovable object that prevents a full understanding of what they mean to say. And it's an apt visual metaphor with which "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's opens his latest film, a picture that finds four lives thrown into turmoil over hidden feelings, confused emotions and a dark secret that could change everything

Watch: 3 Clips From Asghar Farhadi's Cannes Competition Entry 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 13, 2013 10:16 AM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo,
Listed among our most anticipated films of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past.” The film is Farhadi’s follow-up to his 2011 Oscar-winning film “A Separation” and this time, he’s working in France with established French actors such as Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”). Will he strike gold once again with this film? We’ll have to wait and see what the verdict is coming out of the festival. Until then, three new clips from the film have been posted on the film festival website.

Watch: 2 Clips & New Pics From Cannes Entry 'Grand Central' With Tahar Rahim & Léa Seydoux

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2013 10:52 AM
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GRAND CENTRAL BY REBECCA ZLOTOWSKI, Lea Seydoux, Tahar Rahim
It looks like Marion Cotillard -- featuring in both James Gray's "The Immigrant" and Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" -- won't be the only one at Cannes this year with two movies to show off. Fellow French actress Lea Seydoux will strut her stuff in the main competition with the three hour (!) lesbian romance drama "Blue Is The Warmest Color." But flying a bit more under the radar on the Un Certain Regard slate is "Grand Central," where she'll co-star opposite "A Prophet" star Tahar Rahim, in another romance that is throwing off some sparks.

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